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News from the Isles of Scilly … Easter ideas and more!

What’s the latest news from across the Isles of Scilly?  Thinking of taking an Easter Break?  …

The BBC have recently filmed a wonderful piece about the Tresco Abbey Garden, which will air on Friday April 2nd (Good Friday) at 8:30 on BBC2.   The tropical Abbey Garden is a glorious space – a perennial Kew without the glass – shrugging off salt spray and Atlantic gales to host 20,000 exotic plants.  Many would stand no chance on the Cornish mainland, less than 30 miles away. Yet even at the winter equinox more than 300 plants will be in flower. All in all, the tropical garden is home to species from 80 countries, ranging from Brazil to New Zealand and Burma to South Africa.  You can find out more about Tresco at:

The BBC are also filming the pilot of a new series, based on learning to draw 13 different species of UK wildlife, here on the Islands at the end of April.  The Isles of Scilly episode will feature our local seal colony and will air in September.  You can read more about our exceptional environment at:

WalkScilly 2010 is well underway.  You can read more at or follow the BBC coverage on:

Love a local Scillonian restaurant?  Then why not nominate it for a new Gordon Ramsay TV series?  Find out more at:

The ArtScilly 2010 Itinerary is now available online!  You can find it at:

Come for an Easter Break  and enjoy …   Music: There is a vibrant, island-wide music scene, with a variety of bands playing anything from jazz and folk, to rhythm and blues and rock. Concerts and gigs provide a real showcase for the talented acts. Indeed, many up and coming national bands kick start or end music tours on Scilly, with the location perhaps adding an extra something to the performance.    Creative: The Isles of Scilly offer a wealth of creative options, with artisans of every type imaginable. From local chocolate makers to jewellery designers, our arts community is strong, vibrant, and ever-growing! Also, if you are interested in developing your artistic skills, just e-mail the Tourist Information Centre for more information of courses and creative holidays that are on offer across the isles.

The Scillonian III (the passenger ship running between St. Mary’s and Penzance) is now sailing her regular spring schedule.  The harbour looks delightful now that she’s back, and the majority of boats are back in.  Regular Off-Island excursion are well underway now.  More at:

WalkScilly 2010 Begins Tomorrow!

Now in its 4th year WalkScilly aims to celebrate and reveal the beautiful Isles of Scilly.

WalkScilly2010, the Isles of Scilly Walking Festival, takes place between Sat 27th March 2010- Sat 3rd April 2010

It’s hard to imagine a much better backdrop for walkers with cliffs, beaches, rock formations, rugged outcrops, soft and gentle sand dunes, amazing and diverse wildlife and all contained within a cluster of islands none of which is more than three miles across.

Our programme of events has something for everyone and features over 30 guided walks, all of which are graded easy, moderate or hard. This year there are three new walks, featuring Wild Food, Art and a walk between the islands!

There is wide range of evening entertainment scheduled, with social events, multi-media shows, talks and music. This year WalkScilly2010 coincides with the Isles of Scilly Folk Festival bringing the best of traditional Cornish Folk music to the islands.

‘The Isles of Scilly Folk Festival’, is an event designed to celebrate folk music on Scilly and to bring some of the country’s finest musicians to play on the islands. Traditional Cornish dancing, the Scilly-inspired sounds of The Rough Island Band, a candlelit concert in Old Town Church, a hammered dulcimer workshop – some of the highlights of this year’s festival. Where possible, the music will fit around the walking so, having completed the most beautiful walks imaginable, you can put your feet up and listen to some of the best and most innovative modern folk acts over a pint of locally-brewed ale….life really doesn’t get much better.

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